BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Perhaps there is no better slogan for the Super Eagles this season better than “Changi 2018”. From the account of the coach, Gernot Rohr while reeling out the invitees for next month’s matches of the team, he revealed that 14 of his players have changed clubs this season.
The latest on the list is Francis Uzoho the goalkeeper who left Deportivo La Coruna, where he is the third choice goalkeeper for Elche in the second tier Spanish league called Segunda División, (officially La Liga 2).
Rohr also revealed that he has been in touch with one of the coaches of Belgian club, Charleroi where 2015 FIFA World Cup U-17 sensation, Victor Osimhen has transferred to on a season-long loan from German side, Wolfsburg.
He said he has appealed the coach, who is a personal friend of his to give Osimhen ample playing time that may enable him have considerable consideration in the national team.
Olaoluwa Aina also changed from Hull City to FC Torino in Italy while Bryan Idowu joined Lokomotive Moscow from Amkar Perm.
Other players who contributed to the ‘season of change’ include Chidozie Awaziem from Nantes in France to FC Porto in Portugal; William Troost-Ekong from Bursapor in Turkey to Italy’s Udinese and Leone Balogun who before the World Cup kick-off moved to Brighton & Hove Albion in England from Germany’s FSV Mainz 05.
Ahmed Musa last month joined Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassar FC from Leicester City while Kenneth Omeruo Kenneth Omeruo joined Spanish side, CD Leganes from Kasimpasa of Turkey.
Oghenekaro Etebo moved from Las Palmas in Spain to Stoke City in England as Joel Obi moved from Torino to AC Chievo in Italy. All in all, Rohr remarked that most of the moves were positive ones even though only few of his players are playing in the elite clubs of Europe.
On club ratings, Alex Iwobi playing for Arsenal may the highest ranked.